England coach Capello plans to bow out in style

Last Updated: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 18:05

London: England coach Fabio Capello has vowed to provide a memorable finale to his troubled reign by winning Euro 2012.

Capello`s underwhelming four years in England will come to a conclusion at the end of the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine next year and the Italian is determined to leave the perfect farewell gift.

Although England are still engaged in a tense battle with Montenegro for automatic qualification for the finals, Capello is convinced England are capable of winning a major international tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.

"I think my last year will be very good, I hope so. I try to make everything better," Capello said.

"I study, I prepare, I focus. I hope that at the end of my career we will win a trophy.”
"I hope so because when you are a winner, you want to win something, not to lose."

Many top clubs would like to hire Capello after he quits England, but he confirmed he plans to retire after Euro 2012 and will instead work as a commentator and analyst for Italian television.

"It is my job and the job is my life and I love it. But, yes, I will definitely retire after the Euros," he said.

Capello was speaking in Brazil after the draw for the 2014 World Cup qualifying groups, an experience that could have triggered bitter memories after England`s disappointing performance at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

The 65-year-old won`t be around for England`s next crack at the World Cup, but he believes his successor will inherit a bright young team.

Capello highlights the emergence of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll, Manchester United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and Chelsea`s Daniel Sturridge as promising signs that the next generation could be a rich one for England.
"It`s my job for one more year and it`s really important," he said. "I hope that, over the next year, some young players will be ready to play in the next qualification campaign for the World Cup. In my head, they will be the players for the future.

"There are some good players for the future. As well as Wilshere, Walcott and Andy Carroll there is Gibbs, Henderson, the two at United, Jones and Smalling, Walker, Welbeck, Sturridge, Martin Kelly. I think these players are the future for England. These are the names."

It is unlikely many of those names will feature in the squad for England`s next match -- a friendly against Holland on August 10 which Capello concedes is badly timed coming just three days before the start of the Premier League season.

While he appreciates clubs won`t be keen to release players on the eve of the new campaign, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss knows the fixture will provide valuable planning time ahead of two crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales in September.

"The timing is difficult. You need to ask FIFA, they decided this," he said.

"Usually it would be the first Wednesday after the first league game. I can`t watch any of the players I need to choose. I don`t know what level any of the players will be.”

"Now I need to prepare for the qualifying games. I make experiments if it`s possible when the games are not so important, but this game is very important because we then have a really short time to prepare for the next qualification games."

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 18:05

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